At one point in our lives, we have considered getting locs. For many, the decision to not pursue their desire to have locs usually stems from workplace politics. The corporate world has prevented many women and men of color from wearing locs and in some cases, have forced them to cut them off. Locs have had a good and bad reputation depending on who you speak to, but have always been celebrated at one time or another. In the natural hair community, there is a clear distinction when it comes to locs.

Although they are natural, they don’t get much love in the natural hair world. For many loc’d sistas and brothas, having locs means you don’t get celebrated often on many natural hair pages, magazines and digital publications unless it’s specifically geared to locs. Why is that? For many reasons unknown and unnecessary, locs are still very versatile and beautiful. EGL has a list of fabulous ladies slaying with their locs.

Traditional Locs

Photo Credit: Untitled photo of woman with traditional locs. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/294422894367597573/
Photo Credit: Untitled photo of woman with traditional locs. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/294422894367597573/

Traditional locs are normally created through palm rolling medium to large amounts of hair. Traditional locs require using a balm or wax to create them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Untitled photo of woman with traditional locs. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/216032113349354464/
Photo Credit: Untitled photo of woman with traditional locs. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/216032113349354464/

Freeform locs are another version of traditional locs and are not always embraced. Freeform locs are still beautiful and versatile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Untitled photo of woman with traditional locs. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27443878950042211/
Photo Credit: Untitled photo of woman with traditional locs. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27443878950042211/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Untitled photo of traditional locs with color. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/545991154801560079/
Photo Credit: Untitled photo of traditional locs with color. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/545991154801560079/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Image from Blackattitude Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/985231145581662/
Photo Credit: Image from Blackattitude Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/985231145581662/

Styling your locs doesn’t mean you are limited to a few styles. You can create several styles that don’t require high maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sister Locs

Photo Credit: Untitled photo of sister locs . Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/520095456940382014/
Photo Credit: Untitled photo of sister locs . Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/520095456940382014/

 

Sister locs are created by using a special tool. They are much smaller than traditional locs because they are made with smaller portions of hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Image from Black Attitude Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/532058143448704159/
Photo Credit: Image from Black Attitude Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/532058143448704159/

Sister locs are easier to style due to their size than traditional locs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: untitled photo of sister locs style. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/272960427389981166/
Photo Credit: untitled photo of sister locs style. Retrieved March 19, 2016, from
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/272960427389981166/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By: Lungiswa Moore

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